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Amherst State Park - Warblers!

Published May 04, 2012
Tags: Parks and Preserves, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Palm Warbler, Song Sparrow, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Baltimore Oriole, Mallard

I was taken to lunch by a client today and found myself close to Amherst State Park on a gorgeous Friday afternoon.  How could I NOT???  I "just happened" to have packed all my gear, so - I unobtrusively changed from my nice clothes to my hiking clothes and headed over.  I was not disappointed!

I spent a good 3 hours in the park, greeted by 2 gorgeous Baltimore Orioles even before I opened the trunk to get out my "stuff".  Wow!  That was a treat and the first of the year sighting for me.

I found so many Yellow-rumped Warblers, I stopped counting!  There were loads of Palm Warblers too (I think that might be my favorite warbler). I saw Black and White warblers, a Great Blue Heron (never got his pic, sadly), and what I think was a Belted Kingfisher.  That bird was C O O L!!!  He dove past me following the creek bed and was out of sight before I could blink.  Another time he came around, he swirled around, hung momentarily upside-down from a branch hanging over the creek, then whipped off with a strange noise.  He came one last time - and I thought I was ready with my camera, but I totally missed him again.  He was mostly blue-gray and white - with a collar near his neck - if he was a Belted Kingfisher, I suspect that's where the belt comes in.  Super cool bird!

The warblers were so friendly, paying me hardly any never mind as I settled in to watch and photograph them.  It was an exceptionally birdy and delightful day; one I will remember forever.  Red Admirals still abound...  Oh Lord, how marvelous is the work of Your hands!
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A Song Sparrow, one of several, who were enjoying a small stream near the entrance of the park.
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A male Yellow-rumped Warbler
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A Black and White Warbler. This guy was BUSY, really working that tree!
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Black and White Warbler
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A momma Mallard and her 3 little ducklings.
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Palm Warbler
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Palm Warbler
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Female Yellow-rumped Warbler
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Female Yellow-rumped Warbler poses prettily
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Another Palm Warbler pays no attention to me!
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Another male Yellow-Rumped Warbler
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Female Yellow-rumped Warbler